Angels left-hander Jason Vargas will have surgery to remove a blood clot from his armpit area this week, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. He was placed on the DL late last week and expects to resume throwing in about two weeks.
Vargas, 30, has gone 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 14 starts this season, his first with the Angels after being acquired from the Mariners in an offseason trade. Over his last 11 starts, the southpaw has pitched to a 3.05 ERA and held hitters to a .232/.290/.377 batting line.
The Angels have already used 10 different starting pitchers this season. Right-hander Billy Buckner replaced Vargas on the roster after throwing five scoreless innings in his only start earlier this season. The team has been able to use off-days to avoid Vargas' spot in recent days.
At 33-43, the Halos are in fourth place in the AL West and sit 8 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. Since Vargas only expects to start throwing in two weeks, it's safe to assume it will be much longer before he returns to the mound.